Yesterday evening I gave a presentation to about forty people after Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Atlanta, Georgia. I discussed the three primary documents of estate planning: an Advance Directive for Healthcare, a Durable Power of Attorney, and a Will. I also explained how there is a Catholic version of the Advance Directive for Healthcare, that takes into account Catholic teaching about end-of-life decision-making, and I addressed some of the differences between this document and the statutory version the State of Georgia has promulgated. We also discussed beneficiary designations, charitable giving, and general advice for estate planning.
If you could not attend the event, you may find the slides and handout here.
Some of the items discussed that are not addressed on the slides include (a) the difference between a Healthcare Agent and a court-appointed Guardian, (b) how a person ethically weighs the burdens of medical treatment against the good that it can do, and (c) the current estate tax exemption.
If you would like to learn more about this presentation or if you have any questions about estate planning, please contact me at 404-860-1313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.